The General Post Office is still “on target” for its opening in the Town Centre Mall next week, Transport Minister Renward Wells said yesterday.
“The post office is actually moving,” Wells said.
“…The public service announcement was put out for this Thursday [and] Friday that folks were to expect that we would be moving all of the equipment from the General Post Office on East Hill Street and moving [that] equipment to the Town Centre Mall.”
He added, “We’re going to be having an opening of the post office very, very soon. I told the media before [it will happen] by the third week in May. I’m still holding to that. We’re on target and we’re going to have that opening and the Bahamian people will be able to see where the new General Post Office is going to be.”
The post office is still in need of some IT equipment and signage, he added.
But, Wells noted that the cafeteria, the stamp counter, the Post Office Savings Bank and the customs area are already functional.
Wells said the post office is facing an issue with storage, which will be addressed once the move is completed.
“There was a request now for some additional storage space by post office persons in the Town Centre Mall but we’ll have to address that after the opening,” he said.
“They’re looking for a bit more storage space because there was a lot of stuff we actually still have stored at the General Post Office on East Hill Street.”
The move of the post office has been delayed several times
In December 2018, Wells said the move was expected to take place by early January because the post office would be audited by the Universal Postal Union in February.
However, neither the move nor the audit took place.
When asked about the audit yesterday, Wells said, “We asked for an inspection before they came. They have been gracious enough to do so, so that we are in a position to put our best foot forward.”
He continued, “And so, I’m looking [at] probably maybe in June or July for them to be here, in country. I’m sure we’re going to pass with flying colors in regards to the new facilities that we’ve put forward.”
The government intends to lease 75,000 square feet of space for the “concessionary” rate of $12 per square foot or $900,000 a year.
Immigration Minister Brent Symonette and his brother are the principal owners of the mall, and will bear the $3.5 million cost of renovating the building.
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